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>> couric: tonight, what killed michael jackson? police and federal agents searched the las vegas home and clinic of the doctor who reportedly injected the singer with a powerful drug the day he died. i'm katie couric, also tonight, artificial sun and a very real danger. researchers now sataning beds and ultraviolet light are as deadly as arsenic. how texas is preventing deaths, leading the way in making teenage drivers safer drivers. and where the jobs are. help wanted. one witch. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. los angeles police and federal drug agents made a house call today on a doctor. michael jackson's personal physician. he reportedly has admitted injected the pop star with the powerful anesthetic the day he died. the authorities are investigating jackson's death as a possible manslaughter and they're looking for evidence. ben tracy has the latest. >> reporter: investigators moved in shortly after 9:00 this morning, search dr. conrad murray's las vegas clinic as well as his posh residence. he was home at the time. >> we showed up at his house this morning, we didn't call and tell him we were coming. >> reporter: according to murray's attorney, investigators seized cell phones and a computer hard drive looking for medical records linking jackson to the powerful anesthetic drug propofol, also known as diprivan. sources say propofol was found inside jackson's rented mansion shortly after he died. the associated press reports
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that early on in the investigation dr. murray admitted giving jackson propofol several times to help the singer sleep. the last time around midnight the day he died. >> i think the noose is tightening around his neck. i think we're going to see charges filed against dr. murray in the very near future and i don't think there's much he can do to stop that. >> reporter: last week, when agents searched murray's clinic houston, the warrant stated they were looking for evidence of manslaughter. they also searched his houston storage locker. the manager there says on the same day michael jackson died, two women from murray's clinic removed boxes from the locker. >> they were putting a few boxes small boggss, you know, like paper would come in, reams of paper, and they were putting a few of those in the back of the car. >> reporter: dr. murray had been living with jackson, being paid $150,000 per month. he reportedly gave the singer appropriate fofl through an i.v. and would allegedly shut it off at a time jackson wanted to wake up. but appropriate fofl use requires careful monitoring,
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lushl any the a hospital setting as patients sometimes stop breathing. >> and lack of oxygen to the brain and to other organs would rapidly ensue and the patient's heart would ultimately stop and they would suffer a cardiac arrest. >> reporter: in a statement monday, murray's lawyers said each needs to take a breath and wait for these long delayed toxicology results. thing tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and i'm sure that will happen here. those toxicology results are expected back this wiebe. meanwhile, the police have never called dr. murray a suspect and they say he continues to cooperate with their investigation. katie? >> couric: ben tracy in los angeles tonight. thank you. turning to the economy, now, and some mixed signals tonight. home prices are up but confidence is down. that tops our notebook. could the worst of the housing slump be over?
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a report out says home prices are up a bit for the first time in nearly three years. but a survey finds confidence in the economy-- which had been rising along with stock prices, is now down for the second straight month. the reason? growing unemployment. nest and medical costs rising, older americans are going deeper into debt, a new study says low and middle income seniors carried an average credit card debt of more than $10,000 last year, up 26% from just three years earlier. and the last hurrah for a hollywood institution, 20th century props going out of business today began auctions everything, from the rattan furniture from "the golden girls" to a morgue drawer from "the x-files." corporation included. in washington, the government wants to crack dun on those big pay packages give on the many corporate executives. today a house committee voted to ban the kind of compensation that encourages an executive to take risks. that could threaten the company or the u.s. economy. that goes even further than what
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the white house is proposing. more now from kelly walla. >> reporter: you might think someone who owns a castle in germany wouldn't need to make millions more. but the lord of this castle is one of citigroup's most valuable employees. he's andrew hall and he runs citigroup's energy trading business from this shrewded farm in connecticut. >> this is probably the poster boy illustration of high-risk and high compensation. >> reporter: between 2006 and 2008, hall's outfit earned citi nearly $2 billion. the all-star is now due 30% of last year's profit, about $100 million. that's more than the four highest paid players in major league baseball make combined. it's a tricky situation for kenneth fineberg, the new white house appointed pay czar monitoring paychecks at companies rescued by the government. is this the first high
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megamillion confrontation we're expecting to see? >> i think this is going to be the paradigm of exactly kind of confrontation mr. fineberg is going to have to face. >> reporter: fineberg's balancing act? weighing wall street's need to retain top talent to get back in the black and repay government loans against public outrage over corporate excess at a time raises for average workers are being cut. >> pay increases are going to be at around 3% for 2010 and that's lower than we've seen in over ten years. >> reporter: next month, the pay czar will review plans on how the seven biggest government rescue firms will pay their top staff. a treasury official tells cbs news those plans must strike the right balance between rewarding performance and discouraging the risk-taking blame for the financial crisis. it's proving to be a complicated equation. kelly wallace, cbs news, new york. >> couric: in other news tonight they're being called homegrown terrorists. seven men-- all but one u.s.
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citizen-- arrested outside raleigh, north carolina, and charged with plotting violent attacks overseas. tonight authorities are looking for an eighth suspect believed to be in pakistan. among those arrested is 39-year-old daniel patrick boyd. prosecutors say he was the ringleader and two decades ago he fought the soviets alongside islamic extremists in afghanistan before returning to the states to work in construction. two of boyd's sons were also arrested. back to washington now where judge sonia sotomayor is well on her way to becoming a supreme court justice. the senate judiciary committee today recommended she be confirmed. the 12 democrats on the panel and republican lindsey graham voted yes. the six other republicans voted no. the full senate is expected to approve the nomination next week. now turning to an important health warning about those tanning beds. international cancer experts said today they pose as big a risk as tobacco and asbestos. here's medical correspondent
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dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: paige wood began going to tanning salons when she was 18 years old. now 27, she's fighting melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. >> definitely been an ooi ongoig battle for me with... just remaining optimistic. >> reporter: inng the journal "lancet oncology," an international panel on ccean experts upgraded the warning on tanning beds from probably to definitely able to cause cancer. >> there have been a number of studies showing an increase risk in melanoma and it's particularly in people who start using tanning beds before the age of 35. >> reporter: in those people, the risk of melanoma increases by 75%. over the past three decades, tanning salons have grown in popularity. now numbering 25,000 and attracting 30 million customers in the u.s. per capita per region the top four cities-- pittsburgh, charleston, west virginia, akron and scottsdale.
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>> reporter: u.v. exposure damages your skin, it puts you at risk for skin cancer, it makes you get wrinkles and brown spots. >> reporter: from 1980 to 2004, the number of melanomas in 15 tonight-to-39-year-old white american women increased by 50%. the indoor tanning association told cbs they have "always emphasized the importance of moderation when it comes to u.v. light from either the sun or a tanning bed." but paige wood and dermatologists insist they're not worth the risk. >> couric: jon, we have known about the risks of tanning salons for many years now, yet millions of people continue to use them. do you think this latest and most serious warning will actually be heeded? >> reporter: katie, i really hope so. because teenagers are particularly a problem. because they think they're invulnerable, and there is a bill pending in texas that would require kids under the age of 18 to come in with a parent and to also have a note from their doctor before being allowed to use the tanning salon. so that will be very interesting
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to see what happens with that. >> couric: sounds like a good idea. jon lapook, jon, thanks very much. for more about the risk of melanoma indoors and out, go to our partner in health coverage, and search "skin cancer." texas is doing something else to save the lives of teenagers and apparently it's working. don teague tells us the state gets high marks for getting teens to drive more safely by changing the way they're licensed. >> reporter: they are scenes repeated too often in america, memorials and tears for teen drivers killed in traffic accidents. each year, some 5,000 teens die on the nation's roadways, victims of inexperience and distraction. >> text texting, talking on the cell phone, talking to their friends in the next seat, turning their heads. >> reporter: still, for 15-year-old jessie good win, having her suburban driving lesson in dallas...
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>> one slipup and it's bad. >> reporter: ...the odds of surviving her teen driving years are better than ever. while fatal accidents involving teen drivers are falling nationwide, in texas they've dropped at twice the national rate, down 33% in just five years. here, after completing driver's training, goodwin will get what's called a graduated license at 16. for the first six months, the license restricts her from driving with more than one friend in the car or after midnight or using a cell phone. texas, of course, isn't the only state with a driver's training requirement or a graduated license for teens. in fact, all states have some version of the program. but here, they go a step further. a new study credits a public awareness campaign called "teens in the drivers seat" with lowering the fatality rate for teen drivers in texas. the campaign reaches 250,000 kids in 300 schools and uses positive peer pressure to deliver safe driving messages.
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>> kids value their friend's opinions sometimes more than their parents because everyone wants to be cool, i guess. >> reporter: other states hope to copy the texas program and its success, making teens safer behind the wheel. don teague, cbs news, dallas. >> couric: coming up next right here on this "cbs evening news," is there a doctor in the house? not enough primary care physicians to meet the growing need. (male announcer) if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. ask your doctor about plavix,
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minute. >> the heart is on the fast side. >> reporter: cardiologist the next. but dr. mambu does not get paid like a specialist. on average, specialists get paid twice as much as primary physicians. a starting cardiologist with three to five years more training makes up to $350,000 a year. a starting family doctor $149,000, mostly because family doctors important paid for time spent counseling patients. >> the only way doctors get compensated are by doing something to the patient. >> reporter: meaning some procedure? >> exactly. >> nobody values what primary care doctors do. that's why we're in the crisis situation we're in. >> reporter: dr. mambu is part of a national experiment called "medical home" which increases the pay and power of family doctors. his practice gets a 10% bonus and he's hired extra nurses to stay in close touch with patients handling the details of care. >> no more advil. , thishgs frees him to spend
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more time with each patient, better manage their chronic diseases like diabetes and helps them avoid extra trips to specialists under this experiment you get paid more. how does the system save money? >> unnecessary and unwanted care no longer occurs. i can't tell how many people will get refered that wind up being worked up and really didn't need it. >> reporter: but as the system begins to pay primary care doctors more, the pressure is on to pay specialists less. medicare just proposed a pay cut of up to 40% for specialists like radiologists and cardiologists and pay increases of up to 8% for family doctors. specialists predict the cuts will reduce their service in rural areas and still not raise enough money to recruit more family physicians. >> does this get us to more primary care doctors? >> no, absolutely not. because there's not enough... the cuts to cardiologists are de stating to them. it's not even close to helping
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>> couric: the legal services corporation was founded to help poor people in legal trouble. it's funded by taxpayers but it's been cited repeatedly for wasting money. now government reports first released to the "washington times" say sloppy practices and questionable spending continue. sharyl attkisson follows the money tonight. >> reporter: in this troubled economy, more people need free legal help. that's one reason why congress is on track to give legal services corporation a $50 million increase in its $390 million federal budget. the non-profit grants most of that money to 137 legal aid programs around the country. but senator charles grassley says too much of the money isn't going to help the poor. >> there's just a lot of money being wasted. >> reporter: grassley points to multiple g.a.o. and inspector general reports that have uncovered examples like these. a detroit legal aid office overpaid one contractor
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$267,000 and spent thousands of alcohol. at a legal aid office in texas, $150,000 went for a natural stone wall in new offices shown in these photos from the "washington times". i >> there should not be one dollar wasted on some fancy stone project if it could be responding to the legal needs of low-income people. >> reporter: and while many americans may have trouble s,loin aaneg a lidyo urxta inus your tax dollars to give interest-free loans to its employees. a new inspector general audit also finds legal services often bypass competitive bidding and in 37 out of 38 consulting contracts reviewed, failed to poll low its own policies. and when the nonprofit hosted a catered affair at the capitol, the i.g. found it was paid for with tax money despite the invitation which claims no federal funds were used. legal services president helaine barnett wouldn't agree to an interview, but the group gave us a letter saying it's reimbursed
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taxpayers for the party on capitol hill and those no-interest loans to employees, they were considered salary advances. legal services also says it has strengthened oversight and is fixing each problem raised. meantime, the senate is expected to approve the nonprofit's 11% budget increase as early as this week. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, capitol hill. >> couric: in other news, michael phelps' coach is threatening to pull the olympic star from competition after a stunning upset today, his first major loss in four years. he was beaten by a german in a 200 meter free style race in rome. the win ear bodysuit had twice as much polyurethane as the one phelps wore. swimming regulators plan to ban such suits next spring because so many records are being broken. until the ban takes effect his coach says phelps may sit out. coming up next, eye of newt, toe of frog. what some won't do to get cb
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but it does require a spreadty scary skill set. (cackling) >> reporter: it was, you might say, the job interview from hell. 300 hags waiting to audition, each one convinced that she or he had what it takes to be the next official witch of wookey hole. >> i'm actually the oldest one here. i'm over 400 years old. >> i love children and a good tackle and i'm a little bit naughty as well. >> be careful i dent turn you into something horrible. you wouldn't like that, would you? >> so i curse these lands! >> reporter: over,000 people were sent applications. those who made the short list had one minute each to spell bind the judges. >> i tried to scream out but i couldn't, i froze! >> reporter: on the panel is a veteran, jane brenner, the outgoing witch of wookey hole. >> we want someone who can change her character from being a nice witch in the summer to an evil one for halloween which is, of course, when we go out on fright night and somebody that
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definitely loves animals and children and can cackle. tyou' goto ck.le (cackling) >> reporter: here's where the winner will work, in withookey hall cave, a tourist attraction famous for an ancient witch legend. the story goes that back in the eighth century a local old woman was accused of being a witch and when she fled into the caves, pursued by an abbot and he sprinkled her with holy water she turned to stone. and there she is to this very day. okay, you have to use your imagination a little. and that's why the kooif owners want a live witch to work with modern tourists. the salary, up to $80,000 a year. and the winner is carla calamity, a local real estate agent who's now going to quit her office job to weave spells full time. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, wookey hole, somerset. >> couric: a cute witch. that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight, i'm katie couric,
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thanks for watching. i'll see you tomorrow. good night. c. good evening. tonight in your only local news at 7:00, the chief checks out. alexandria's police chief resigns just days after getting busted for a dui. the knights of columbus hall goes up in flames and smoke. and the pawnshop shakedown. owners busted for selling stolen merchandise. >> reporter: i'm at the computer exchange, where prince george's county police have launched a crackdown against dealers and pawnshops but in this case, the dealer's attorney calls it an outrage. >> our officers found many items they believe were stolen inside. this is part of a


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